It uses the “O” word, but…

Well, we’ve managed to resurrect the cube (with the help of an external hard drive) at least enough to get on line. We still need to replace it’s hard drive, but at least we can save files now – and connect to the internet.

Now, I’d like you all to read this article. I’d actually like to post it here in its entirety, however that’s impractical, so here’s a snippet:

An overwhelming body of research has demonstrated the link between dieting and obesity. The problem is that evidence flies in the face of the reigning orthodoxy in the current battle of the bulge, which cannot afford to acknowledge that the decisive consequence of dieting is … obesity.


The concept that we’re literally dieting our way to obesity is easy to grasp. Most of us just haven’t thought about it that way before. Our bodies are designed to adapt to stress — it’s critical for survival. Consider the body builder who wants to build muscle: he’ll stress his muscles with training to tear them down, knowing his body will build them back up bigger. Some people will never become muscle-bound no matter how hard they lift weights — it’s not in their genes or physiological make-up. Others become Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alikes without barely trying.

That same physiological response for muscle tissue works with fat. Dieting is precisely fat-building. We stress our body by dieting and make it think it’s nearing starvation, forcing it to break down fat to supply the energy we need for survival. Afterwards, as soon as the body’s given any nourishment above starvation levels, it biologically reacts by putting on more fat, holding onto fat more vehemently, and conserving more of what we eat thereafter as fat.

What’s happened? We’ve trained our bodies to expect another starvation period, sometimes permanently. This is normal. Without it, mankind would not have survived countless periods of famine. In fact, some scientists believe those whose bodies don’t react this way have the genetic aberration. Humans are genetically designed to defend against weight loss much more so than to defend against weight gain, notes Dr. Miina Ohman at the Departments of Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

How can diets do all that? Diets appear to change a number of biological processes, and trigger fat-storing mechanisms, that are outside the dieter’s control. Dieting does so especially intensely among those dieters genetically designed for survival during lean times. So, those with weight problems are not only most likely to diet, but also to suffer from the most detrimental physiological changes brought on by dieting.


A 1996 review of the National Weight Control Registry of successful long-term weight losers found that in order to maintain weight loss these people had to eat near semi-starvation levels, even though most were also exercising religiously. The average woman was eating 1,297 calories a day and the average man 1,725 calories, almost half of what would be considered normal for good health.

In fact, this is one of a series of articles by Sandy Szwarc that talk some un-commonsense about weight and weightloss. Go read ’em.


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